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Smoked Mac and Cheese Recipe


Mac and cheese on the grill
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This all-American macaroni and cheese is comfort food that's great with barbecue or any meal. Smoking it on the grill takes the flavor to another level.

Serve with: Pale ale.


Course:
Brunch
,
Dinner
,
Lunch
,
Main Course
,
Side Dish
Cuisine:
American

Makes:

Servings: 10

Takes:

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

Mac And Cheese

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar
  • 2 cups grated Colby cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Morton Coarse Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped parsley (optional)

Topping

  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
Notes:
About the salt. Remember, kosher salt is half the concentration of table salt so if you use table salt, use half as much. Click here to read more about salt and how it works. 
Metric conversion:

These recipes were created in US Customary measurements and the conversion to metric is being done by calculations. They should be accurate, but it is possible there could be an error. If you find one, please let us know in the comments at the bottom of the page

Method

  • Boil the mac. Cook the elbow macaroni according to instructions, preferably al dente (tender but firm).
  • Make the sauce. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour to the butter and whisk until smooth. Slowly add the milk, stirring constantly until fully incorporated.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add the cheese, salt, and pepper to the saucepan. Continue to stir the mixture until the cheese has melted. Add the cooked pasta to the saucepan and stir until the pasta is completely coated with the cheese sauce. Remove from the heat.
  • Prep the topping. In a small bowl, toss the Panko breadcrumbs with the melted butter.
  • Assemble. Coat the inside of a 3-quart casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the mac-and-cheese into the casserole dish and spread it out evenly. Top the mac-and-cheese with the Panko breadcrumbs.
  • Fire up. Prepare a grill for direct cooking by evenly spreading a chimney full of pre-heated charcoal briquets across the grill’s charcoal grate. Add 2 to 3 chunks of your favorite smoking wood to the charcoal for flavor. Adjust the grill vents to bring the temperature to about 350°F (176.7°C). On a gas grill, adjust the temperature knobs to maintain a temperature of approximately 350°F (176.7°C). Add wood to the gas grill according to our recommendations here.
  • Cook. Set the casserole dish in the center of the grill’s main cooking grate. Cover the grill.
  • Allow the mac-and-cheese to smoke until bubbly and golden brown, approximately 40 minutes.
  • Serve. Remove the smoked mac-and-cheese from the grill. Garnish with chopped parsley (optional) and serve immediately.